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Large, natural ecru hemp cloth with painted or printed overall design and hand-stitched hems on crosswise ends. The primary motifs, in red, black, yellow and greenish gray, include a central star flower filled with circles, stars and ovals surrounded by smaller stars and other geometric forms....

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Acquired by an army officer, who was stationed in the Lake Lanao region of Mindanao, from Mr. Noros, who lived locally. W. E. Healey purchased the piece from the officer. Denman W. Ross purchased it from W. E. Healey for $10. Gift to MFA on March 10, 1903.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Filipino, American colonial period, about 1900

Object Place

Mindanao, Lake Lanao region, Republic of the Philippines


246 x 196 cm (96 7/8 x 77 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Leaf fiber (abaca), pigment; plain weave, printed or painted


Textiles and Fashion Arts